SHARKS at PREDATORS
Western Conference Second Round
Sharks lead best-of-7 series 3-2
TV: CNBC, SN, TVA Sports 2
NASHVILLE -- The San Jose Sharks will try to close out the Western Conference Second Round against the Nashville Predators in Game 6 at Bridgestone Arena on Monday.
The Sharks hope to replicate the effort they had in their 5-1 win in Game 5 on Saturday and end the series in their first opportunity.
"[The Predators] have been resilient at times throughout the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs, and we're going to have to be good," Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. "It's a game where you have to put a team away, and you've really got to beat them. So we need to come out and establish that mindset."
The Predators were in the same situation against the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round, trailing 3-2 in that series and then winning Games 6 and 7.
"We shouldn't rest on that," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. "We shouldn't just assume that it's going to happen. There's a lot that goes into those situations and I do think that you can take some confidence from that, knowing that you've been here before and you've done it before. But with that we've got to make sure that the mindset's right.
"We've got to change our game and our attitude from Game 5 to Game 6 to be in a better place. Knowing our guys, I'm sure they'll do that tonight. But we've got a lot of work to do to dig out of a hole that we're in and the situation that we're in."
Here are the projected lineups:
Tomas Hertl - Joe Thornton - Joe Pavelski
Patrick Marleau - Logan Couture - Joonas Donskoi
Matt Nieto - Chris Tierney - Joel Ward
Melker Karlsson - Nick Spaling - Dainius Zubrus
Paul Martin - Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic - Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon - Roman Polak
Scratched: Tommy Wingels, Micheal Haley, Dylan DeMelo, Matt Tennyson
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Craig Smith
Colin Wilson - Mike Fisher - James Neal
Calle Jarnkrok - Mike Ribeiro - Viktor Arvidsson
Miikka Salomaki - Paul Gaustad - Colton Sissons
Roman Josi - Shea Weber
Mattias Ekholm - Ryan Ellis
Barret Jackman - Anthony Bitetto
Injured: Gabriel Bourque (upper body), Cody Bass (lower body)
Scratched: Eric Nystrom, Austin Watson, Petter Granberg, Pontus Aberg
Status report: Zubrus, who made his series debut in Game 5, will play again in Game 6, Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. … The Predators held an optional morning skate.
Who's hot: Couture has four goals and three assists in the series. … Fisher has four goals in the series, including three in the past two games.